10 months agoGenoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us. last_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

Wuakitv the streaming video service owned by Jap

first_imgWuaki.tv, the streaming video service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has launched in France, just two weeks after the launch of Netflix in the country.Wuaki.tv will be available on the interent, game consoles, tablets, PCs smart TVs and via the Chromecast HDMI dongle in France.Unlike Netflix, Wuaki.tv has until now adopted a transactional video-on-demand model, with titles available from €3.99. Titles available in France will include Qu’est-ce que j’ai fait au bon Dieu, Les Garçons et Guillaume à table! and La Belle et la Bête.Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv, said that the group was in discussion with ISPs, but that access via set-tops was not an immediate priority and that nothing is expected on this front before Christmas.Wuaki.tv has an advantage in France in the shape of PriceMinister, the country’s second-ranking e-commerce site, which is owned by its parent company, which already has 20.8 million registered users. Wuaki.tv has been operating in France in beta mode for some time, available for the most part to PriceMinister customers. Roca said that the two services would seek to maximize synergies.Wuaki.tv, which is already available in Spain and the UK, plans to launch in 15 European countries over the next year, including Germany and Italy. Following that, it will look to expand into other international territories where Rakuten has a presence, including the US, Asia and Latin America.last_img read more

ASA endorses new proposal that protects patients from surprise medical bills

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 24 2019The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) proudly endorses the comprehensive proposal the “Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act” released today that protects patients from surprise medical bills – unanticipated bills from providers not in patients’ insurance network. ASA commends Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Joseph Morelle (D-NY), Van Taylor (R-TX), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Donna Shalala (D-FL), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) for this important legislation. Related StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRAlmost 74% of Americans show concern about burnout among healthcare professionalsFSMB releases new report surveying digital credentials in healthcareA recent study found that more than 90 percent of claims filed by physician anesthesiologists are in-network and do not involve unanticipated bills from out-of-network providers. However, ASA believes additional work is necessary to address those small number of cases where patients receive surprise bills. ASA commends Reps. Ruiz and the cosponsors for their proposal based on the successful New York state model – a model with robust patient protections that removes patients from billing disputes and holds them harmless from surprise medical bills. The New York state model has been in place since 2015 and has reduced complaints related to surprise bills while also saving health care dollars.During the ASA’s annual fly-in last week, more than 600 physician anesthesiologists met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for a legislative solution aligned with this recent proposal. ASA leadership and staff have also been involved in several Congressional discussions about fair solutions to this issue. The approach to addressing the problem of surprise medical bills outlined by Congressmen Ruiz and Roe is a fair proposal that puts patients first by holding them harmless from unanticipated bills. The proposal doesn’t pick winners or losers but instead places the dispute where it should be – between the health care provider and the insurance company. I’m also pleased this proposal helps patients by providing greater transparency of their in-network providers while ensuring an independent dispute resolution system to resolve billing disputes.”ASA President Linda Mason, M.D., FASAcenter_img Source:American Society of Anesthesiologistslast_img read more

Indian sacred texts and the logic of computer ethics

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Project website: mimamsa.logic.at/ideas.html Classical logic deals with statements which are either true or false, and it provides rules we can use to combine true statements, creating new statements which are also true. This is how mathematics works: if we start out with something true and follow a certain set of rules, the end result will still be true. But this kind of logic is not useful if we want to deal with ethics. “When we are dealing with prohibitions and obligations, we are not interested in what is true or false, but in what we should or should not do,” says Ciabattoni. “Therefore, a completely different kind of logic is required, called deontic logic. Just like classical logic, it can be expressed as mathematical formulae which allow us to unequivocally prove whether or not a certain line of reasoning is correct.”There have been attempts to create such a “deontic logic,” but so far the success has been limited. “We are confident that working with the Vedas and the school of Mīmāṃsā will greatly help us to understand how deontic logic can work,” says Ciabattoni. “These ancient Sanskrit texts provide us with many arguments, carefully analysed for centuries, on which we can test our mathematical formulae.”The Ethics of Self-Driving CarsSuch a deontic logic could be used to teach ethics to computers. A machine could be given a certain set of obligations and prohibitions, and following certain rules it could then determine automatically, whether or not a certain kind of behaviour is acceptable or not. “Consider a self-driving car during a traffic accident,” says Agata Ciabattoni. “Let’s assume that a crash is inevitable, and somebody will definitely get hurt – but the car has to decide whom to harm and whom to spare.” A general rule such as “do not harm anybody” will not help in this case. Much like in the ancient Vedas, certain rules have to be combined to arrive at the logical solution. And perhaps such machine decisions will even be more ethical and beneficial to us humans as a human decision would be. The Indian sacred texts of the Vedas have been studied for millennia. But now, for the first time in history, computer scientists in Vienna analyse them by applying the methods of mathematical logic. This gives Sanskritists new insights and can even settle philosophical disputes which are more than one or two thousand years old. On the other hand, it helps computer scientists to develop reasoning tools to deal with deontic concepts (such as prohibitions and obligations). Such tools are enormously important if we want to implement ethics in artificial intelligence – for instance if a self-driving car has to make ethical decisions in case of an accident. Credit: Vienna University of Technology Explore further Provided by Vienna University of Technology Applying the Laws of Logic to Ancient Texts”The Vedas are a large body of ancient Sanskrit texts, some of which contain very clear moral statements – such as ‘one should not harm any living being'”, says Agata Ciabattoni from the Institute of Logic and Computation at TU Wien. She is leading the research project, in close collaboration with Elisa Freschi, Sanskritist from the Austrian Academy of Science. There is a philosophical school originated in ancient India in the last centuries BCE, called Mīmāṃsā, which uses a rigorous approach to analyse the obligations and prohibitions mentioned in the Vedas. For many centuries, Mīmāṃsā scholars have formulated rules to draw conclusions from premises and to resolve apparent contradictions. “This is actually closely related with what logicians like us are doing,” says Agata Ciabattoni. “We can formalise such rules in a language that can also be understood by computers.”There is, for example, an old dispute about the “Śyena sacrifice,” a sacrifice in the Vedas meant to kill one’s enemies. How can this be reconciled with the rule not to harm any living being? “For a Hindu, the Vedas are absolutely correct, so there cannot be any contradiction,” says Agata Ciabattoni. In the 7th century, Prabhākara, an Indian philosopher in the Mīmāṃsā tradition resolved this problem by applying several rules from the Vedas in a logically rather complicated way. Various scholars did not believe that his reasoning was correct, and this dispute has been going on for centuries.Agata Ciabattoni and her team closely collaborated with Sanskritists to translate the Mīmāṃsā rules and the Vedic laws into mathematical formulae – and they could prove that Prabhākara had been right all along. Given the prescriptions of the Vedas, Prabhākaras logic was flawless. Mathematical logic settles an old philosophical dispute.Building a Logic System for Ethics”For us, this was a first proof of concept that we can really learn something new by combining Indology and formal logic,” says Agata Ciabattoni. “But ultimately, we want to achieve much more. We want to understand how to formulate with mathematical precision useful logics dealing with prohibitions and obligations.” Citation: Indian sacred texts and the logic of computer ethics (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-indian-sacred-texts-logic-ethics.html Logic in computer science read more

What to do if Facebook says your info was used by Cambridge

Citation: What to do if Facebook says your info was used by Cambridge Analytica (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-info-cambridge-analytica.html Explore further With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress on the scandal involving data firm Cambridge Analytica, the social network is informing individual users their profiles may have been used for the firm’s political targeting without their consent. Starting at noon ET Monday, Facebook was scheduled to begin alerting users if they were some of the estimated 87 million whose profiles Facebook says were scraped and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. (That political ad targeting firm says it used only 30 million Facebook profiles obtained from a psychology app developer.)What users will do with that information boils down to engaging in the boring but eye-opening privacy clean-ups many have already embarked on, finding all the apps that had access to your info and then cutting this access off. Bad news: with the data leak over three years old, it’s too late to take what’s already out there back.Were you notified by Facebook your profile was part of the Cambridge Analytica leak? Write to us at techcomments@usatoday.com.What is Facebook doing?All users will get a message at the top of their News Feed with a link detailing apps tied to Facebook, or that you’ve deleted, and how those apps used your data.How will I know if I’ve been affected?If your data was misused, Facebook will direct you to its Help Center featuring a tool letting you know how data may have been misused. The scandal not only impacts users who took the personality quiz “This Is Your Digital Life,” but friends of those users.What should I do about it?Regardless of whether you were affected, you should check what apps are tied to Facebook. Go to Settings, then Apps and Websites to figure out what apps you have granted permission to connect to Facebook.For those users impacted by Cambridge Analytica, the tool will give them a good idea of how their data has been used.However, it’s too late for users to do anything to fix it.”The simple reason that Facebook users can do very little is that Facebook, not the users, has the data and determines who gets the data,” said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

first_img Amazon reconsidering move to New York: report “We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” the mayor said in a statement. The New York neighborhood of Long Island City was one of two locations Amazon selected last year after a long search for a second headquarters or “HQ2.” The online retail giant had promised the sprawling complex in the borough of Queens would create 25,000 jobs in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives—which had riled some New Yorkers.”While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project,” Amazon said in a statement.”We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion—we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture—and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents.”Amazon, which is also in cloud computing, streaming media and artificial intelligence, chose the site after a lengthy search, saying it was outgrowing its home in Seattle, Washington. © 2019 AFP The company said it would “continue growing” its 5,000-strong workforce in New York.No new biddingIt added that it would not reopen the bidding process but would “proceed as planned” with a site in northern Virginia and a logistics center in Nashville, Tennessee.The New York plan had been endorsed by Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, but ran into fierce opposition from some local politicians and community activists, including newly elected Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the New York site.”Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.De Blasio sounded bitter about the reversal of a deal clinched after months of negotiations. Anti-Amazon graffiti is seen in a Long Island City neighborhood initially selected for a new headquarters for the technology giant Citation: Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests (2019, February 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-amazon-york-headquarters.html “If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will.”Cuomo meanwhile lamented that “at a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community” to pressure Amazon to withdraw.He said the state Senate, which appointed an Amazon opponent to a key board, “has done tremendous damage” and “should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”Conservative and liberal opponents have argued that the company led by Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes rich list with a personal wealth of $134 billion, does not need what some describe as “corporate welfare.” Critics also voiced concerns that the promised jobs could inflate an already overpriced housing market and strain infrastructure. The Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York is across the East River from Manhattan Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world’s most successful companies. Explore further The New York neighborhood of Long Island City had been one of two locations Amazon selected last year after a long search for a second headquarters or “HQ2″  Amazon dropped its plans for a new headquarters in New York City following a series of protests including this one on November 26 Initial reactions to Amazon’s decision from the local community appeared mixed.”I’m relieved because I’m a renter here,” said one female resident of the Queens neighborhood who declined to give her name. “I’m not sure these jobs would have been what the people living in this community need.”Bitter pillBut others like David Katzen, who owns a construction company in the neighborhood but does not live there, were disappointed.”It was a horrible decision by the local legislators to oppose it,” he told AFP. “It was short-sighted and ultimately what’s going to happen here? Nothing. There’s no good that came of this.”George Miranda, who leads the local branch of the blue-collar Teamsters union, said after the announcement: “New Yorkers made it clear that Amazon wasn’t welcome in our city if it would not respect our workers and our communities. Apparently, the company decided that was too much to ask.”Scott Galloway, a New York University professor and author, said on Twitter after the announcement: “Immunities kick in and NYC finds its testicles. This is good for NYC, and America. Billionaires should not have their hand(s) out.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Drone disrupts flights from Dubai

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Drone disrupts flights from Dubai (2019, February 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-drone-disrupts-flights-dubai.html © 2019 AFP Explore further It said in a statement that departures were suspended between 10:13 (0613 GMT) and 10:45 am (0645 GMT) “due to suspected drone activity”.”Dubai Airports has worked closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the safety of airport operations is maintained at all times and to minimise any inconvenience to our customers,” it said.Dubai International Airport said it retained its top global spot in 2018 after serving the largest number of passengers for the fifth year in a row.Drones have caused a growing number of flight disruptions. In December, London’s Gatwick Airport was paralysed for 36 hours after a drone sighting.In 2016, Dubai International Airport closed three times because of drones being used for leisure nearby. The delayed and rerouted flights cost millions of dollars.center_img Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (2-L), and the Emirate’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (3-R), participate in ceremony to present the new logo of Dubai International Airport on February 13, 2019 Drone sighting briefly halts Heathrow Airport flights Suspected drone activity briefly disrupted flight departures Friday from Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international traffic, the airport said.last_img read more

New technology aims to improve taste shelf life production of beer food

first_img Provided by Purdue University Just in time for summer—a new technology to improve the taste, quality and shelf life of juice and other beverages, and help craft brewers make more beer. Citation: New technology aims to improve taste, shelf life, production of beer, food (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-technology-aims-shelf-life-production.html Explore further Food technology goes from the moon to grocery aisle, improving food production and quality, tastecenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Purdue University-affiliated startup Induction Food Systems (IFS) has finished the major first round of testing on a technology system to provide on-demand heating options for food and beverage manufacturers.”We were tired of seeing the old-school processes for heating food and beverages during manufacturing,” said entrepreneur Francesco Aimone from Columbia University, who co-founded IFS with George Sadler, an alumnus of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “Those legacy systems like steam are slow, energy-consuming and can take away some of the food’s natural flavors and textures.”IFS plans to launch in the next few months its first go-to-market line, which involves a fluid heating system for use in the manufacturing of beer, water products and juices.Aimone said their technology increases the speed and efficiency for producing beverages and foods, and helps manufacturers grow. He said the IFS on-demand heating system uses plug-and-play heating components involving electromagnetic energy and induction, which has been shown to be about six times more precise in controlling temperature than conventional methods.IFS’ technology uses a coil and core design in its heating systems. It uses solid-state electronics to generate electromagnetic energy instead of the traditional combustion that creates steam in boilers.”We know that manufacturers need and want more nimble, responsive and sustainable heating options,” Aimone said. “We are prepared to meet those needs with our technology.”Aimone said their technology is part of a $20 billion market for heating equipment in the food and beverage segment.Aimone said the next focus for the startup is to address the problem of fouling—which is sticky substances left behind after processing—for manufacturers.”It’s similar to when you are making eggs and you have the gunk stuck to your pan when you’re preparing them,” Aimone said. “Our preliminary testing shows we can reduce fouling in some applications by up to 30 percent.”last_img read more